Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/5/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+170) Tampa Bay (-222)
Luis Patino and the Tampa Bay Rays (85-50, 1st in AL East) play the Minnesota Twins (58-76, 5th in AL Central) at Tropicana Field on Sunday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Twins priced at +170 and the Rays are at -222. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Griffin Jax and Luis Patino.
The Twins have tallied 220 doubles as a unit and have knocked 187 balls out of the park. Minnesota is slugging .421 and have been called out on strikes 1,163 times, while drawing a walk on 449 occasions. As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are scoring 4.5 runs per game, which puts them at 16th in baseball. They have recorded 569 RBI's as well as 1,083 base knocks on the year, and their batting average sits at .241. They have notched a total of 605 runs and have an OBP of .316.
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The Twins have a team ERA of 4.95 over the course of the season (27th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,087 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 397 hitters and their FIP sits at 4.67 as a unit this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.74 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.32. Twins pitchers have surrendered 201 home runs and 710 total runs (28th in MLB).
The Twins have dispatched 427 relievers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 139 runners this season and 46.8% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have earned 32 saves over the course of the season and have blown 19 of their 51 save chances. The Twins relievers have accumulated a save rate of 62.7% and stepped onto the hill in 121 save situations. The bullpen have notched 70 holds for the season (13th in baseball). Twins pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 105 times and also have had 146 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Minnesota Twins have amassed 3,522 putouts for the season, as well as 1,200 assists and 96 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .980 which puts them in 30th in pro baseball, and have earned 879 double plays. The Twins have converted 69.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 10,566 innings, which has them ranked 21st in the majors.
Jax has taken the hill for 53 innings and has racked up 44 K's so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 6.71 (40 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.398. He has surrendered 53 hits (8.9 hits per 9 innings) and has had 22 walks. Jax (3-3 win-loss record in his career) holds a FIP of 6.74 and he has gone up against 237 hitters in the major leagues.
The Tampa Bay Rays have earned a team on-base percentage of .318 in addition to a team batting average of .238 so far this season. They have been called out on strikes on 1,309 occasions (2nd in baseball) and have a total of 1,093 hits. Tampa Bay has tallied 180 HRs for the year to go along with 677 RBIs. The Rays have a team SLG% of .419 and they are earning 5.31 runs per contest (1st in the league). They have 242 doubles, while taking a walk 489 times as well as putting up 717 runs.
The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.174 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.72 as a squad on the season. Their K/BB ratio is 3.43 (1,267 strikeouts against 369 free passes). They are sitting at 14th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,058. They have conceded 151 homers and they concede 4.07 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have allowed 549 runs for the year while holding a team ERA of 3.67 (495 earned runs relinquished).
Tampa Bay has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 53 save chances and they have walked away with 37 saves. They are currently ranked 2nd in the league with a save percentage of 69.8%, and they have sent 429 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 152 times in high leverage situations and on 107 occasions with base runners. Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 29.1% out of their 134 inherited base runners. Sitting with 130 save situations, the Rays have 75 holds and also 16 blown saves.
Out of their 10,938 innings on the diamond, the Rays hold a efficiency on defense of 70.0% (10th in baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have twisted 111 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .986 (10th in pro baseball). The Rays have accrued 1,141 assists, 69 errors and have notched a total of 3,646 putouts so far this season.
During his career, Patino has allowed 68 base knocks and he has 79 punch outs in 74 innings. He has allowed a total of 37 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.393 and a FIP of 4.9. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.19 and he has faced 330 batters so far in his career. Patino (5-3 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.46 earned run average while allowing 8.2 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+170)
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